Rio Olympics 2016: Aditi Ashok’s exploits infer India’s golf destiny is in protected hands

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There are dual ways to demeanour during how Aditi Ashok achieved during a Rio Olympics 2016. One is that a 18-year-old was well out medal contention, finishing 41st out of 60 players in a women’s golf eventuality with a score of 7-over 291, a full 23 shots behind contingent bullion award leader Inbee Park. But that would skip a timberland for a trees.

The other is that Ashok, a youngest actor in a field, entered the Olympics ranked 57 out of 60 golfers, that means she finished 16 places above her ranking, while also (briefly) holding a lead towards a finish of her second round, when she reached 7-under par. It was a heady place to be.

She would finish a second turn during 6-under, carrying shot 68-68 over a first two days, withdrawal her tied for eighth place. Suddenly women’s golf was very interesting to a lot of people in India, a estimable series of whom had probably taken unequivocally small seductiveness in a competition before.

Aditi Ashok of India in movement during a third turn of a women's golf. Getty ImagesAditi Ashok of India in movement during a third turn of a women's golf. Getty Images

Aditi Ashok of India in movement during a third turn of a women’s golf. Getty Images

“My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off utterly a lot,” Ashok told PTI. “I’m happy that a lot of people who didn’t unequivocally watch golf are watching golf now. It’s usually going to get improved from here.”

Ashok shot 79-76 in a final dual rounds, anticipating it generally tough when the breeze kicked adult on day three, that done a march doubly difficult. But players improved than Ashok have been a tripped adult by clever winds. Tiger Woods was dismantled by a breeze in a third turn of a 2002 British Open, sharpened 81 to finish his chances of winning that tournament.

Ashok is wakeful that she could have played better, though apart from Inbee Park, a other players in a margin could all substantially contend a same thing. The final scoreboard is not a usually magnitude of what Ashok achieved during these Games.

For one, with women’s golf creation an coming during a Olympics for the first time in over a century, it was a ideal eventuality to pull attention to a competition that receives small of it in India. It’s satisfactory to contend that on this score, Ashok did her job. After PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar, here is another womanlike Indian contestant creation waves during these Games. That it didn’t outcome in a award is secondary.

“Obviously we didn’t play as good as we hoped, generally a final dual days,” Ashok said. “But I’m certain there has been a lot of courtesy on me, so women’s golf has turn a bit popular. I’m anticipating to see it grow in coming time,” she said.

There are also the personal lessons that Ashok would have learned. Besides offering her a possibility to paint her country, a Olympics was also a chance for Ashok to exam her diversion opposite a best in a universe with 9 of the tip 10 ranked women in a field. She will know improved how to handle a vigour of being among a contest leaders a subsequent time she finds herself in it.

“I’m going to build on this, and a subsequent time we play bigger events, I’m sure this knowledge is going to assistance me,” she added.

Ashok’s extraction as a golfer is as good as any Indian’s, if not better. She is a three-time National Amateur Junior Champion and a two-time National Amateur Champion, winning both events in 2014. Overall, she won 17 titles in her pledge career, including 6 general ones. She was a initial Indian to win a St Rule Trophy (Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play) and a Singha Thailand Amateur Championship. That’s not bad for a teenager.

And to tip it off, she became, during 17, a youngest actor to ever win a Lalla Aicha Tour School, a subordinate eventuality for a Ladies European Tour. For good measure, she pennyless a contest record with a magnitude of 23-under par as well.

Ashok is not nonetheless a finished article. In particular, she needs to get stronger so she can strike a round further. That’s a contingency on a pro tours for both men and women these days and will make it easier for her to move her scores down.

But with this performance during a Olympics, she has already shown that Indian women’s golf is in good hands. The wish is a subsequent era of women golfers have been examination and are now reaching for a golf club and environment out for a course.